Alumni profiles

Ahmadpour profile
Behrad Ahmadpour
OIST research intern

My name is Behrad Ahmadpour, and I am a last year BSc. Student in Electrical Engineering, at the Sharif University of Technology. I'm currently working as Research Assistant with Prof. David Elkouss on Quantum Networks and Quantum Information at OIST university. I'm interested in Provable Cryptography, Information Security, and Quantum Networks. In my free time, I like to play Cybersecurity themed games like CTF (Capture the Flag) to improve my knowledge of related topics. Furthermore, I also enjoy playing soccer and basketball on the weekends, as well as rowing in the summer.

Begumya profile
Samuel Begumya
OIST PhD student in rotation

Samuel Begumya has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Makerere University Uganda, and a Master of science in Physics from Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University India. He also did research internship at OIST where he worked on Femtosecond laser writing on nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond project.

He joined NetQ Unit as a rotation student focusing on Quantum Key Distribution and is actively looking forward to improving his research skills. In his free time, he likes to play football, Volleyball and Basketball. He also like making new friends and exploring the island.

Chen profile
Jiajun Chen
OIST PhD student in rotation

My name is Chen Jiajun, and I completed my MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol.I also have experience working as a research intern at OIST, where I focused on designing electromagnetic waves for spin manipulation in NV centres. Currently, I am interested in the fascinating field of quantum communication and networks, and I am eager to expand my knowledge and skills in this area. In my free time, I enjoy working on Arduino and LEGO projects, as well as playing survival games. I am excited to continue my journey in the field of quantum communication and networks, and I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities for growth and learning.

Pagan profile
Javier Pagan
OIST PhD student in rotation

My name is Javier Pagan, I'm Spanish and 22 years old. I recently graduated from a Masters in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the University of Manchester and I have a particular interest for Fundamental and Information Theory. I have participated in 2 particle physics experiments: one by the Joint Institute for Nuclear research, where we used relativistic hydrodynamics to measure the QCD phase transition temperature from Heavy Ion Collisions data; and another at CERN, where we developed different machine learning techniques to study the top-photon coupling in proton-proton collisions. On top of that, in my last year of high school I used Shor's algorithm and an optical set up to factorise number 15; and developed a deep neural network for time series analysis during my Masters. Physics aside, I enjoy playing the guitar, card magic, scuba diving and above all, travelling.

Siddhant profile
Siddant Singh
Visiting PhD student

Siddhant completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, specializing in Quantum Information during his master's thesis. He is currently a PhD student at QuTech, TU Delft. While at OIST, Siddhant is focusing on quantum error correction in a distributed setting. He also has some industry experience in the application of quantum algorithms. Siddhant is actively looking for collaborators on topics such as error correction, quantum architectures, and networks. In his free time, Siddhant loves to be a chess addict. On the weekends, he works towards upgrading his skydiving license and has recently started working towards becoming a parkour athlete.

Marcel profile
Marcel Mordarski
OIST research intern

Marcel has a BSc in Natural Sciences (Physics and Inorganic and Material Chemistry) from the University College London and is finishing his MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise from the University of Cambridge. His thesis was on spin-qubit technologies at Hitachi Cambridge Lab. As a data analyst/researcher at Schneider Electric, ETH Zurich, and Selena Labs he worked on projects ranging from creating artificial skin to improving the assessment of employees' transferable skills with ML language models. He is interested in condensed matter physics and quantum technologies, and is now expanding his skills in quantum algorithmics/cryptology. Marcel believes in raising society's scientific awareness through business innovation (winner of the 2021 Schneider Go Green and a finalist of the 2020 Bright SCIdea Challenge), scientific diplomacy (trained by the European Commission in Warsaw), and engaging public communication (TEDx speaker and a writer acclaimed in the St Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition). In his free time, he writes journalistic texts/stand-up routines and organises cycling trips.

Zhenghan profile
Zhenghan Yuan
OIST research intern

Zhenghan has a bachelor's in physics from University College London, and a M.Sc. in physics with quantum dynamics from Imperial College London. He has also worked on experimental quantum key distribution in University of Hong Kong. He is interested in ion trap quantum computing and is actively looking forward to improving his skills on theoretical quantum information. In his free time, he likes to play and watch football games and learn Japanese.

Grant profile
Kyle Grant
OIST PhD student in rotation

Kyle has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Utah Valley University. His research during his undergraduate was on the topic of discrete geometry. He is interested in studying post-quantum cryptography and is looking forward to improving his skills in understanding and developing quantum-safe algorithms. In his free time, he enjoys reading manga, playing guitar, and rock climbing. He is also interested in learning Japanese and Okinawan languages.